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Still some months shy of two years of actively participating in ActiveRain but about the anniversary of when I started lurking because I did not have much to say/did not know what to say, I can look back with pleasure on my associations formed in ActiveRain.

I dipped my toe (metaphorically of course because I come up a little short in that department.) ~ I was encouraged and challenged. I tried some more, and the horn of plenty delivered..

I contribute, I like to think, regularly (the numbers down the side show my lapses and shortfalls). I have made lots of friends, very quickly, I might add, especially for an older person relatively new to this country. and what a way to learn about a new environment than from interested individuals living in all parts of it ~ individuals who show a love of their local area in photos and comment. I admit to my bias of my own mountains of Utah, my choice for living in Sandy UT  But, I always like where I choose to live - all a part of my life experience.

I have swum with you in distant oceans, visited new and exciting places, attended your regional and local events laughed with you at meet-ups, eaten with you at your favorite restaurants, exercised and lost weight with you, shared fire, flood and disaster with you, your sorrows and your joys learned from your collective wisdom, built a must-see/do list beyond comprehension. I am constantly inspired by your hope and determination

You have tolerated my idiom and my idiosyncrasies: you have been gracious and generous in your comment and advice. When I may have been missing through circumstances beyond my control, you have shown genuine concern and interest in my well-being.

Where have I benefited most? In writing, graphics and photography (I have learned and reinforced so much in a short time. In friendly competition. In meeting deadlines and being consistent. In having something to say. And in being thick-skinned enough to realize that not everyone agrees with me; what they think of me is really none of my business.

So I have a cluttered desk, heaps to do, things to learn stuff to read and new ideas to try.

Life is a magnificent ride, so full of new adventures. I am happy to have interesting people to share it with.


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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Larry,

Well said, Sir...your closing line says it all as life is a magnificent ride and those we share it with along the way make it more interesting.

Have a lovely day!

Aug 02, 2012 02:58 AM #1
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

It's great to hear how much value you have gained by being an ACTIVE community member in Active Rain. Thanks for sharing your personal story!

Aug 02, 2012 03:02 AM #2
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

Now have no doubt where your political leanings are.

Ronnie and George sit on your desk.

Not bad. 

Aug 02, 2012 03:13 AM #3
Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

The internet and AR has certainly created a platform of sharing that sometimes we all take for granted.  Thanks for your post.

Aug 02, 2012 05:43 AM #4
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Sometimes, when things look bleak, I find that my tolerance for inspirational sayings is a little low but, your words were so beautiful that I found them truly invigorating. How wonderful to have you here in the Rain.

Aug 02, 2012 11:58 AM #5
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Lisa - I consider myself lucky to have lived from adventure to adventure. Always someone to share it with.

Shannon - The feeling of grateful learning in AR appears widespread. For those of us latecomers to US Real Estate it is a Godsend.

Erv - lots of interest, but I don't get to vote, yet. (ps my wife does).

Kathy - I am inspired by and appreciative of the explosio in communications. There was a time when I retired ~ seems so long ago now.

Jill - I tend to wallow in my collections of sayings, especially my button collection. I can usually suit my mood and invite those near me to communicate their feelings. Thanks for your time in my sand pit.

Aug 02, 2012 07:07 PM #6
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